As the technology used for toenail fungus treatment has improved, its use in treating both medical and cosmetic conditions has become more common. Toenail fungus is seen as a yellowish, crusty appearance which also causes pain. At the Fort Lauderdale VIP Aesthetics facility, Dr. Cosentino works with Cutera Laser Genesis to treat patients and stop the growth of toenail fungus that causes both medical and cosmetic symptoms.
How Toenail Fungus Treatment Works
The Laser Genesis system works by delivering laser energy to the affected area to prevent advancement of the infection. The laser targets the fungus beneath the surface of the toenail without harming surrounding tissue or that of the toenail itself. This is a painless procedure which does not require an anesthetic.
Length of Toenail Fungus Treatment
Most patients will have to spend no more than half an hour in our Fort Lauderdale treatment facility, with some treatments taking no more than ten minutes. Depending on how many toenails require treatment, treatment time will vary.
Length of Recovery
This non-invasive, painless treatment requires no downtime following the procedure. You can return to your normal activities following the procedure with the exception of wearing only shoes that have enough room to keep pressure off of your toes and keeping feet dry. Fungus grows in warm, damp areas like locker rooms, pools, showers and damp shoes.
What to Expect from your Treatment
You should talk with Dr. Cosentino before your procedure to learn what to expect from your treatment with the Laser Genesis method. Not all patients require the same number of treatments. Some will only require one while others may need to return to our Fort Lauderdale facility for two or three sessions. The results of the toenail fungus treatment may not be immediately evident since the nail must grow before the treated area can be seen. New toenail growth should be free of fungus.
Preventing Toenail Fungal Infections
Even after your successful treatment, it is possible for the toenail fungus to reoccur. The best approach for preventing it is to take necessary precautions to limit risk of exposure by avoiding warm, damp environments. Places like public pools where many people are constantly barefooted are prime breeding grounds for the type of fungus that can affect your toenails. Avoid these areas and do not share shoes or socks with others. If your own socks or shoes become even somewhat wet, change them to dry ones. Always dry your feet completely after swimming or showering and do not share any items that might spread toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus can enter the nail through areas too small to be seen. Even when taking stringent precautions, re-infection is possible. Keep your feet clean and trim toenails as needed to attempt overall health of feet and toenails.